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Collegedale WW II vet accuses city of turning its back on him

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A Collegedale World War II veteran says his city has ignored its very own codes and regulations and he is the one suffering.

A part of 87-year-old Vernon Herod's yard is now a part of his neighbor's carport and shed.

"They're coming over into my property about 2 feet 2 inches here," Herod explains.

Years ago he says his neighbor asked if she could build a cement drive that would slightly overlap his property.

"She had to get permission to do that because code says you can't build within 10 feet of the property line," City Commissioner Larry Hanson says.

Herod and the city gave her permission to extend her driveway as long as nothing was built on top of it. That lasted until 2008 when a shed was built without the city' permission.

Hanson says the appeals board let her keep it. A couple years later a car port went up, again without the city's permission.

"I thought for sure that after they had done it once without getting a building permit to begin with, without asking permission, violating the code and going to the appeals board and having it approved that they, the appeals board, wouldn't do it again. They should've learned their lesson the first time," Hanson says.

Herod believes his kindness got the best of him. "She took advantage of it. That's what hurts," he says. "I'm trying to be a Christian, you want to give in as much as you can but there's principals involved here."

Channel 3 attempts to personally contact Herod's neighbor were unsuccessful.

"When she put the first little building over there she said it doesn't matter, but it did matter," says Herod.

"I feel sorry for him, that's all," Hanson says.

Despite his service to our country Herod says his city has turned its back on him. "Its discrimination because they think there's this old man, doesn't matter anyhow about him. He's gonna soon be taken out anyhow. I tell you what, it makes me want to move," Herod says.

Hanson says he's going to contact the city attorney to see if there's any recourse Herod can take.

Channel 3 also tried to reach the board of appeals chairman, as of Friday afternoon we have yet to hear from him.

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